The Special Audience Outreach has recently expanded to include Wounded Warriors from the entire metropolitan Washington area, their spouses and children (fourth grade and older).
Wounded Warriors and their families enjoy relaxing with good music, food and fellowship. No tickets will be issued in advance. Casual dress is encouraged. Following the concert, Warriors and family members will be warmly welcomed as honored guests at a special dinner at a location near the concert venue. Wounded Warriors interested in attending concerts and dinners are asked to contact Ann Sica at email@example.com or 703-960-3772. Reservations are required and tickets will be held at the Wounded Warriors registration area.
Guests from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center had such a good time visiting with the VCO volunteers at the April dinner that they were the last people to depart. Their administrator reported that they told her, “We had a ball.”
One warrior invited his mother, a music critic for the FrederickNewsPost.com. She wrote:
"It was a rare delight to meet and see the dashing, passionate and talented music director Emil de Cou. Maestro de Cou elicited a vital response from his ensemble, particularly the rhythmic energy of the score . . .the cumulative momentum swept the audience along to the spirit that elicited beauty and power all at once.
I must applaud the Virginia Chamber Orchestra with its outstanding musicians and all involved in creating this musical tribute for our wounded warriors to share with their families. It was a privilege to have attended this concert with so many who have sacrificed so much for our country."
Through a generous grant from Mantech International Corporation, Inc., the VCO has also sent small ensembles drawn from the orchestra to serenade patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.